Baz Luhrmanns Great Gatsby moved from 2012 to summer 2013
By John HornLos Angeles Times | Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Long buzzed about as an Academy Award contender, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” won’t be competing for any Oscars this season, as Warner Bros. is moving the F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation’s release date from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013.
It’s the second high-profile film whose release the studio has changed in recent weeks. In the wake of the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Warner Bros. moved its crime drama “Gangster Squad” from Sept. 7 to January in order to reshoot a scene involving a gunfight inside a cinema.
Warner Bros. said it was moving “Gatsby” from Christmas Day to an unspecified date next summer in order to maximize the film’s commercial prospects. The 3-D live action movie stars Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
“We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible,” Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, said in a statement.
But Luhrmann is a perfectionist filmmaker who often pushes his deadlines to the last possible moment.